Posts Tagged ‘French’

Minor Angels by Antoine Volodine

 Translated from the French by Jordan Stump Five words from the blurb: postcataclysmic, immortal, angels, avenging, dark I bought a copy of Minor Angels after seeing several people (I’m afraid I can’t remember who) raving about it on Twitter. I can see why the book is highly regarded, but my opinion of it is very […]

DVD Review: Untouchable (French Cinema)

Five words from the blurb: Paris, slum, quadriplegic, wealthy, adventure I don’t normally review films on this blog, but I don’t often watch ones that are as good as this! Untouchable is funny, but moving; entertaining, but with a deeper message beneath the surface. It is made even more wonderful by the fact that it is […]

Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola (Audio Book)

 Narrated by Paul Freeman Five words from the blurb: loveless, marriage, affair, murder, revenge Zola is one of those authors I always wanted to try, but kept putting off as I was intimidated by his reputation. I really shouldn’t have worried – Thérèse Raquin wasn’t difficult to read. Instead I found an engaging book, deserving of […]

Night Flight by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  Translated from the French by Curtis Cate Five words from the blurb: adventurer, aviation, risks, airmail, courage I have a fear of flying so was surprised to see The Novel Cure recommend a book about an air crash as a potential solution to my problem. I was dubious (and scared!) but decided to give it the […]

Death of an Ancient King by Laurent Gaudé

 Translated from the French by Adriana Hunter Winner of the Prix Goncourt des Lyceéns 2002 and the Prix des Libraires 2003 Five words from the blurb: King, old, wedding, conflict, honour I recently had a wonderful Twitter conversation with @thetoietlis about French fiction. She recommended many books, but Death of an Ancient King caught my eye as […]

The Son by Michel Rostain

Translated from the French by Adriana Hunter Winner of the Prix Goncourt 2011, Selected for Waterstones 11 2013 Five words from the blurb: meningitis, death, son, grief, life Michel Rostain’s teenage son died suddenly from a virulent strain of meningitis. The Son is the fictionalised story of a family who lose their son to the same disease. It is […]